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Holy Trinity Church - Privett, near Alton Hampshire

April 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

The spire of Holy Trinity soars high over this beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside.  This church is a Victorian gem, grade II listed and funded in the 19th century by a local business man and gin distiller, William Nicholson. Liz and Richard choose this redundant church as the perfect backdrop to their DIY wedding with theme 'a day in the countryside' complete with picnic hampers and lawn games. It's perfect to put your own stamp on!

 


12 Things You Should Do After You Get Engaged

April 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Congratulations, you've said yes!! What an amazing time in your life! As a wedding photographer and wife, I can honestly say that you're about to embark on a wonderful journey. It all starts with that shiny diamond ring that you likely can't stop staring at but it's so much more than that. Marriage is a wonderful adventure that is full of discovery and experiences. My husband and I have celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this year, but it still feels like yesterday to us! We wish we could do it all over again! You've got so much to look forward to.

But first, it's time to plan!

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In the next few months you'll be planning the very first day of your lives together and, although it will be so much fun, it can be slightly overwhelming, too. As a wedding photographer, I know a thing or two about weddings so today I thought I'd share with you a few tips on things you should do after you get engaged. Here we go!

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1. First things first: celebrate! Whether you go out with friends or have a celebratory dinner with family, make sure you take some time to celebrate this joyous occasion. 

2. Set a budget. Once you've celebrated, you'll want to start planning all the beautiful details of the day, but it's important to not get swept away before sitting down to calculate a budget. After all, you don't want to fall in love with a venue or even wedding dress that's not in budget. Setting a budget can be challenging, especially if your parents haven't broached the topic yet, but figuring out numbers is the most important thing you can do in this initial period in the planning process.

3. Draft a guest list. Once you have a budget, you'll need a guest list so that you can determine how much you can spend per plate for your reception. Having a guest list will also allow you to know the size of the venue you should be looking for.

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4. Research venues. Now comes the hardest part of wedding planning, in my opinion. But don't fret, because there are lots of tools to make this process easier. My favorite resource for checking out venues is Guides for Brides. At the click of a button, you can find out tons of helpful information on each venue.

5. Think about an appropriate season. Once you have a budget and venue in mind, you'll be able determine what season would be best for your wedding. Venues have different price points during different times of the year so it's important to plan your wedding at a time when venue prices can accommodate the budget you've allocated. 

6. Gather inspiration. Now that you've got your venue, head to Pinterest to create an inspiration board to start brainstorming color palettes and design elements for your wedding. This will be largely based on season and location but you can find so many unique ideas on Pinterest to fit any taste. 

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7. Select your bridal party! This part can be so fun! Think about how you will ask your bridal party to be a part of your big day and try to make it unique and memorable. You can invite them all out on the town or if they're not local, send them a special package in the mail with a thoughtful note.

8. Book your photographer. Out of all the vendors you'll need to book, I highly recommend booking your photographer immediately after reserving your venue. Photographers tend to get booked out a year or two in advance. Plus, you'll want to do an engagement session soon and the best person to do that with is your wedding photographer. This will allow you to get to know each other before the big day so that you're completely comfortable with their approach to posing. Another benefit to booking your photographer early on is that you'll have plenty of time to get your engagement images printed so that you can use them for your save the dates.

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9. Schedule your engagement session. Now that you've got your photographer, it's time to schedule that engagement session. Pick a location that is meaningful to you or pick one that is especially picturesque!

10. Go dress shopping! At this point you've done so much work, you deserve to do something fun! Make a date with a couple of the special ladies in your life and go try on dresses. Remember to try on all types of styles because you just don't know what a dress will look like on you until you've tried it on. Countless brides have told me that they ended up going with the dress that they least expected! 

11. Research wedding fairs and put a few of them on your calendar. Wedding fairs are a great place to get ideas and get to know vendors in person. Be sure to bring along something to take notes, like a cute notebook or wedding planning guide.

12. Have a date night. Remember to focus on each other during your wedding planning. It's too easy to get wrapped up in the planning so make sure you are setting time aside to spend time together talking about anything *except* wedding planning! 

There you have it! I hope these twelve tips are useful to you in your planning. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and if I can be of any help. 

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.


Wasing Park Wedding Photos | Victoria and David

March 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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All weddings are special to me but Victoria and David's in particular stands out because of one simple but wonderful reason: it took place where my husband and I were married, too! It was such a pleasure to capture their wedding memories and be reminded of ours too.  I'm so glad that Victoria and David found me and chose me to capture their day because it was certainly one of the most special weddings I have captured to date!

The Wedding Day

Victoria and David met during a night out in Newbury. When they were ready to tie the knot, they found me thanks to one of their wedding guests who recommended me and I'm so very thankful for that.

The ceremony took place at St. Nicholas, an ancient church dating back to the 15th century. Love is in the walls there! It's such a pretty and serene location, just perfect for a wedding. Once we were ready to start the celebrations, the guests headed over to the Garden room for Pimms and canapés.  The wedding breakfast was served in the Castle Barn which was adorned with beautiful white floral arrangements and blue accents.  Lots of details that worked well with the couple's theme navy and gold. The speeches were full of emotion and laughter, it was truly special. The cake was made by the bride, it was outstanding!  Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with the newlyweds. You'll see it all in the images below!

There are so many spots for great photo opportunities.  For the couple portraits, we used the Victorian summer house and secret walled garden at Wasing Park and it was just lovely.  Check out the highlights of the day in the recap below! 

Victoria and David, a heartfelt thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding. It was a wonderful reminder of how wonderful it is to love and be loved.It’s always a joy to return to Wasing Park and I can’t wait for my next wedding there!

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Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue | Wasing Park

Florist | Cherubs

Wedding Cake | The bride herself!

Wedding Dress | Chanticleer

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Annabel Farley Photography offers natural, romantic wedding and portrait photography in Berkshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.

 

 


Bluebell Family Photos Berkshire

March 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We are very excited to announce that our magical Bluebell portraits will be coming soon. It's nature's best display of colour and makes a stunning backdrop to  family photography. Contact us to register your interest and we'll let you know when they are in bloom.


Hampshire Wedding Photographer | Tylney Hall Wedding | Lisa and John

February 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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Happy February, friends! It's hard to believe that we're already in the second month of the year, but with these cold temperatures I'm glad the winter is going by quickly so that we can get to warmer temperatures as quickly as possible! On days like today I love to re-visit warmer weather weddings that will bring me back to lovely, sunny days. Today I have the pleasure of re-visiting Lisa and John and their beautiful June wedding.

The Couple

Lisa and John met on a night out in Newbury where they were introduced by John's sister. I bet she loves taking credit for bringing these two lovebirds together - I know I would!

The Wedding Day

I had the honor of capturing Lisa and John's Tylney Hall Wedding on a gorgeous summer day in Hook last year. The sun shone so brightly that day! I'll admit, it was hot, but luckily, Lisa and John chose to have their ceremony indoors, in the baronial Tylney Suite. It was quite a stunning room with its high vaulted ceilings and a minstrels gallery. All the details made for the type of old world atmosphere that I love so much. Lisa and John have such wonderful taste, and you'll see it represented in the images below as you look through a recap of their day. I have to say, though, that my favorite part of the day was when I saw that Lisa and John had handwritten vows to read to each other during the ceremony. That's definitely not something I see very often and adds such a romantic heartfelt touch.

Lisa and John's guests continued the party at their drinks reception on the Italian Terrace and gardens. It was a magical setting for an elegant affair. Their wedding breakfast was served in the gorgeous Chestnut Suite.  This wedding was so lovely, I think you'll wish you had been a guest there once you view the images below!

Lisa and John, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day. I hope you had a wonderful time during your month long road trip honeymoon in the U.S. Enjoy this recap of your wedding day!

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Wedding Vendors

Venue | Tylney Hall

Wedding event manager | Garry Samson 

Hair Stylist | Claire Nichol

Makeup | Toyah

Florist | Natalie Wilcox

Cake | Vintage Butterfly

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Annabel Farley Photography offers fine art wedding and portrait photography in Hampshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. I specialise in natural and romantic wedding photography and authentic family portraits. Click here to view my wedding portfolio or contact me for availability and pricing.

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